UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DERMATOPATHOLOGISTS

Directors

Whitney A. High, M.D., J.D., MEng

Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Laboratory Director

Whitney A. High, MD, JD, MEng, a native of Colorado, is the director of the laboratory and is board-certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He also has certification in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. After practicing as a chemical engineer in industry, Dr. High returned to medical school to receive his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. High completed his dermatology residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2004, serving as Chief Resident, and his dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver in 2005. He has also studied tropical medicine in Central and South America.

Dr. High is appointed to the Departments of Dermatology & Pathology at the University of Colorado, and the Department of Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. He is also the Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Dermatology. Dr. High also holds a law degree from the University of Denver.

Dr. High has authored 4 textbooks, 25 chapters and more than 80 medical papers. He currently serves as one of the youngest editors of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and he is an editor/editorial board member of other medical journals. Dr. High’s current research interests include:

- Pigmented lesions and various forms of skin cancer
- Complex medical dermatology
- Infectious disease/sexually transmitted disease
- Pharmacological and toxicological dermatology/dermatopathology
- Advanced biochemical testing applied to dermatology/dermatopathology




Lori Prok, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Vice Laboratory Director

Lori D. Prok, M.D. is the vice director of the laboratory and is board certified in Pediatrics, Dermatology and Dermatopathology. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Colorado, and completed her pediatric and dermatology residencies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Prok received her dermatopathology fellowship training under the direction of Dr. James Fitzpatrick and Dr. Loren Golitz.

Dr. Prok has a unique interest in pediatric dermatopathology, and is the pediatric dermatopathologist for Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has served as an Executive Board Member for the Colorado Dermatologic Society, and has received various teaching awards including the University of Colorado School of Medicine Outstanding Clinical Instructor and the Golden Apple Teaching Award.

Current research interests include:
- Congenital nevi
- Spitz nevi
- Mastocytosis and mast cell disorders




Dermatopathologists (Alphabetically)

James E. Fitzpatrick, M.D.

Professor of Dermatology and Pathology

James E. Fitzpatrick, M.D. is board certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1976. Dr. Fitzpatrick completed his dermatology residency training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and his dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the dermatology residency director and Chief of Dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center before leaving the military and taking a position in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Co-Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship.

Dr. Fitzpatrick has edited or authored 4 textbooks, 56 chapters and 87 papers. Current research interests include:

- Bullous pemphigoid
- Eosinophil-mediated inflammatory skin disorders
- Extramammary Paget’s disease
- Melanocytic tumors
- Merkel cell carcinoma




Marti Friednash, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Marti M. Friednash is board-certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology. She is a graduate of Loretta Heights College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed both her Dermatology residency and Dermatopathology Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Current research interests include:

- Atypical scalp nevi in children
- Histiocytic disorders








Robert Greer, D.D.S., Sc.D.

Professor of Pathology, Dermatology and Medicine

Robert Greer, D.D.S., Sc.D. is a board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Pathologist and Director of Western States Regional Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory. He received his dental degree from Howard University in 1969, completed Pathology and Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology residencies at Boston University and received a Doctorate of Science degree in Pathology from Boston University in 1974.

In addition to being a member of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, Dr. Greer chairs the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Greer is the author of 150 scientific articles, three pathology textbooks and numerous chapters in pathology texts. Current research interests include investigation into:

- The role of HPV in oral mucosal neoplasia
- Molecular diagnostic techniques for oral cancer
- The molecular mechanisms involved in fibro-osseous diseases of the jaws
- Surrogate HPV associated cancer markers in oral smokeless tobacco keratoses




J. Clark Huff, M.D.

Professor

J. Clark Huff, M.D. is board-certified in Dermatology and Dermatoimmunology. He is a graduate of Texas Technological College and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In addition to reading immunofluorescence specimens, he also serves as the Dermatology Practice Director for the Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Huff has authored 43 journal articles, 7 chapters and 23 abstracts. Current research interests include:

- Autoimmune bullous diseases
- Erythema multiforme
- Herpes simplex viral infections